Joss Whedon Talks the Creation of Dollhouse

By Nix
May 15th, 2008

Joss Whedon’s new show on Dollhouse, which just got a guaranteed 7-episode order from FOX, is one of my most anticipated shows of the new season for two reasons: 1) I’ve always been a fan (re: lusted over) Eliza Dushku; and 2) This is my chance to get on the ground floor of a Whedon show before it blows up and I have to hear about it from other people who seems to love it with every fiber of their being. So, here’s an article from the L.A. Times about how Whedon came up with the show.

Some notable excerpts below. Read the rest of it for yourself here.

Eliza had made the deal at Fox and we got together to talk about her ambition, her management, her opportunities, because I’ve always felt that she’s a huge star. Plus, she’s a friend.

But I was trying to get a movie off the ground, “Goners.” “Wonder Woman” had already crashed and burned. “Goners” they had already lost control of the instruments, but who knows? So things were not that auspicious, but I was working it. Not shunning television but not intending to come back. But as we discussed Eliza’s predicament, I started giving her some ideas about what I thought she would need: a genre show so she could be political without being partisan; an ensemble show so she didn’t have to be in every scene. And I thought about it for a bit and then literally went, oh, curse word, I just came up with the show and the title. And it was the title that I knew I was doomed. Because if you have the title, you know it’s right. And that’s just bad.

When we really discussed the whole thing, she said, “You’re talking about my life. In my life, everybody tells me who they want me to be while I try and figure out who I am.” And that spoke to me. I agreed that I’ll write and maybe oversee the pilot. So I went home and said, “Honey, I’m sorry, I accidentally agreed to a Fox show at lunch.”

Wow. Over lunch! I wish my life was that easy.

And oh yeah, did I mention that Dollhouse stars this gorgeous doll?

Eliza Dushku in Dollhouse

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